The weekend is a full schedule that has all 30 teams playing every day plus a couple of double-headers. In fantasy baseball every week is a must win. This list identifies players that are likely to be in free agency and why they should be streamed this weekend.
Jay Bruce, 1B/OF, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies recently acquired Bruce and it immediately paid off. He has three home runs in three games and as a result of Andrew McCutchen being out. he will play every day. Bruce is a must add for the rest of the season.
Robinson Chirinos, C, Houston Astros
If in need of a catcher for the weekend, Chirinos is the guy to pick up. He has a home run in each of his last three games. The Astros go up against the team allowing the most home runs, the Baltimore Orioles.
Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt is currently on a 10 game hit streak and has a batting average of .354 over that span. He’s only owned in about eight percent of leagues and is worth an add for the short term. He plays Rich Hill on Saturday, a pitcher he’s had success against in the past.
David Freese, 3B/1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Similarly to Belt, David Freese is also on a 10 game hit streak. He is normally a bench player but has been seeing more reps in the starting lineup recently. He has solid career numbers against the Giants, so expect him to contribute.
Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B/3B, Washington Nationals
Howie Kendrick has been a solid batter who hits for average his whole career. However, his current team has had troubles getting him into the lineup every day. Kendrick will get more opportunities due to Brian Dozier being hit by a pitch on Tuesday.
Scott Kingery, SS/OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Maikel Franco has struggled all season. Consequently, he has lost playing time to Scott Kingery who has a batting average of .333. In addition to the average, he has 12 RBIs, five of which came in the last seven days.
Myles Straw, OF, Houston Astros
The Houston Astros have plenty of injuries and a few outfielders that could’ve been promoted over Straw. However, it was Straw that received the call-up and he has taken advantage so far. He is 5-for-15 with all singles but has stolen three times and impressed with zero strikeouts. George Springer will be out this weekend leaving the playing time to Straw.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Andrew Heaney has an own percentage of 53.8 and that number needs to be a lot higher. He has been dominant in his first two MLB starts of 2019 and has another start Friday versus the Seattle Mariners. Look for him to get a lot of strikeouts while hopefully making it to the sixth or seventh inning.
Ryan Pressly, RP, Houston Astros
Of relief pitchers with 25 or more innings pitched Ryan Pressly has the lowest ERA. He has 15 holds on the season and three saves in addition to being one of the most used relief pitchers. The Astros play the Orioles Friday, Saturday and Sunday in what should be an easy win. Look for Pressly to get some quality innings.
Pedro Strop, RP, Chicago Cubs
Strop just got activated off the injured list and got a save his first game back. This is a positive sign for owners of the relief pitcher and is a solid pick up for owners in need of more saves. The Cubs are up against the Cardinals this weekend and should be competitive. Even if the Cubs are losing expect manager Joe Maddon to pitch Strop after he missed some time.
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